The sun on your face, aromas of your next meal blowing by your table and some of the state’s greatest views await you at outdoor dining spaces across Oklahoma.
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As the weather warms, restaurant patrons are overflowing into outdoor dining spaces. Patio dining is a must in Oklahoma, where fresh air, breathtaking views and robust flavors all come together for a one-of-a-kind experience. Head to the Sooner State to linger riverside over brunch, settle in at twilight for a romantic dinner overlooking a downtown skyline or grab your favorite drink and hit a starlit dance floor to the sounds of local live music.
Climb up to the rooftop patio at Packard’s New American Kitchen in Oklahoma City and enjoy a local beer overlooking the breathtaking downtown skyline. The incredible flavors of expertly prepared dishes are enhanced by the dreamy string lights hanging overhead and occasional live entertainment. Packard’s has a reputation for keeping the bar scene vibrant, making this an ideal destination for dinner or late night drinks.
Cozy outdoor dining and wood-fired pizza make a charming combination at East Village Bohemian Pizzeria in Tulsa. This covered terrace is small but inviting, creating the perfect setting to enjoy East Village’s authentic Neapolitan pies paired with a glass of wine. Complete with a wall mural of the moon, warm lighting and eclectic décor, this intimate spot in the Tulsa Arts District sets the mood for next romantic evening out. Be sure to stick around for occasional live music by local artists.
On Grand Lake, there’s no better way to dine than in the open air. Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina at Monkey Island provides a variety of ways to enjoy the great outdoors at mealtimes. Stroll into the Summit Restaurant at twilight to soak in the opulence of world-class cuisine, magnificent views of the golf course and the gentle breeze coming off the water. Head to the patio at the Buffalo Bar to indulge in a wood-fired pizza or slow roasted pork taco while watching the game on the big screen. For a more casual atmosphere, park your boat at Eddy's Lakeside Bar and head to the patio for heated seating, live entertainment and one-of-a-kind seafood.
A lively campus crowd and tasty Tex-Mex fare make patio dining at The Mont in Norman an unforgettable experience. Pull up a chair and let your worries blow away with the breeze on this beautifully landscaped outdoor space. Located near the University of Oklahoma campus, The Mont has been drawing a crowd since 1920 when it first opened as The Monterrey. Today, their award-winning Sooner Swirl and famous chili con queso featuring a blend of cheese, peppers, sausage and spices combine for a must-try experience.
The patio at Dilly Diner makes for an excellent start to your day in Tulsa. Sip on freshly-squeezed orange juice as you peruse the menu, which ranges from homemade granola and muffins to brioche French toast and chorizo burritos. Order some coffee and let your kids run in and out of the small playhouses alongside the shaded tables. Bright colors, sweet twinkle lights and a variety of seating options make it the ideal outdoor breakfast spot. When you’re not diving face first into a plate of pancakes with the other patio dwellers, Dilly Diner’s location in the middle of the trendy Blue Dome District will keep you busy people-watching.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more quaint place to dine outdoors in Oklahoma than Riverside Café in Medicine Park. With a glass of iced tea in your hand and a complimentary wheat loaf delivered to your table, you’ll be free to overlook Medicine Creek, a picturesque waterway teeming with trout and ducks, flowing beneath you. Snack on Wichita Mountain Oysters as you look over an expansive menu of salads, steaks and sandwiches. The setting among a strip of historic structures in this nostalgic resort town accompanied by ample shade and fabulous views of the water make Riverside Café a perfect place for outdoor dining.
Located just a few short minutes from the heart of Beavers Bend State Park, you'll find some of the best pizza in the entire state at Grateful Head Pizza Oven & Tap Room. Featuring a great draft beer selection, delicious chicken wings and cheesy pies on the menu, Grateful Head also has a popular outdoor beer garden draped in patio lights. The patio is covered in picnic tables and there is plenty of room to enjoy live music on the weekends. This pizzeria's atmosphere is only made better by a cold brew on a hot summer night, and the garden is even comfortable in the cooler months thanks to the outdoor heaters.
Right across the street is The Eat Out, an outdoor dining experience like no other. This laid-back atmosphere boasts a large, backyard-style patio where guests can dine in vintage campers scattered throughout the shaded grounds. Make yourself at home and play a round of cornhole or disk golf while waiting for your order of 1/3lb hand-smashed, gourmet burgers. The Eat Out also features a memorable weekend brunch, specialty cocktails and boozy milkshakes perfect for celebrating any type of occasion.
A central community gathering place, Vintage 22 keeps hungry guests well-fed and entertained. This Ada hotspot on Main Street features an outdoor patio, where patrons can enjoy a glass of wine, artisan pizzas and pressed paninis. Start with a gourmet cheese plate and indulge in a chocolate mousse torte while participating in a rount of trivia, or sit back and relax while musicians play live. Even in winter months, Vintage 22 attracts hordes of visitors with its large patio space, fireplace, s'mores and hot cocoa.